Weekend Update: May 3-5

Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters will take over the Hunt Horse Complex on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Hunt Horse Complex will also host the Triangle Wide Horseman’s Association Show with Western, hunt seat and saddle seat classes, plus a versatility class Saturday night. Activities begin at 8 a.m. daily. Spectator admission is free.

Dorton Arena will be filled with the sounds of the Young Champions Karate & Cheer State Competitions all day Saturday. The cheer competition will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The karate competition begins at 3 p.m. Spectator admission is free.

The third N.C. Persian Festival will be in the Scott Building on Saturday. Organizers invite you to join them for a celebration of Persian culture and cuisine sponsored by Iranian Culture Society of N.C. The event features Persian dance performances, live music, art, food, cultural exhibits and displays, handicrafts, silent auction and vendor exhibits for the entire family to enjoy. The event is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and up, $3 for ages 6 to 12; and children 6 and under are admitted free.

Also on Saturday, there will be a Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet in the Holshouser Building with more than 100 vendors featuring a variety of trains, accessories, track, switches and hard-to-find parts. There will also be hands-on layouts and train races for the children and some on-site repairs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $6 for adults, free for children under age 13 accompanied by paying adult.

The Graham Building hosts the Dixie Gun & Knife Classic on Saturday and Sunday, featuring modern and collectible firearms, custom-made knives, hunting and fishing equipment, ammo, gun accessories, reloading supplies and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and children under 12 are free with paying adult.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

About Firecracker

Firecracker (aka Jen Kendrick) Appears as a guest blogger with a special 22-year history with the State Fair. She now works with the N.C. Pork Council, but she still lends a hand in the press office when she can. Thanks, Firecracker!

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